The Buzzer

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While revisiting the Russian speaking minority scattered along the Baltic States, it questions the sense of belonging but also investigates how misinformation and soft-power are used to manipulate and consistently regain influence along former territories.\r<\/p><p>The Buzzer is about a revanchist suspicion that echoes an impending past, it offers fragments of confrontation, that urges the need to control a space, both physical and virtual. In an attempt to crystallise western power somehow putting an end to the imperialist threat, yet also enduring the image of military might into the collective minds.\r<\/p><p>The project adapts the title from the shortwave radio station of the Russian Western Military District network. Long been known in the West, it is believed to be based on an automatic system developed during the Cold War, capable of triggering a retaliation against potential nuclear attacks launched by the allies. The Buzzer, still operates emitting codewords to synch military outposts along the western flank, although some speculate about it being used to communicate encrypted messages to spies or other operatives in the field.<\/p>","body_raw":"In the post-truth era a fictionalised version of facts blends reality. For long Russia has been creating its own, trying to contradict our perception in order to establish a new world order. Since the end of the Cold War western hegemony was proclaimed, therefore relegating Russia from a leading power. In the years to come myths would morph into prophecies, ending in an ideological and geopolitical conflict with the proportions known today.\r\nThe Buzzer examines the changing identity of the post-Soviet space. While revisiting the Russian speaking minority scattered along the Baltic States, it questions the sense of belonging but also investigates how misinformation and soft-power are used to manipulate and consistently regain influence along former territories.\r\n\r\nThe Buzzer is about a revanchist suspicion that echoes an impending past, it offers fragments of confrontation, that urges the need to control a space, both physical and virtual. In an attempt to crystallise western power somehow putting an end to the imperialist threat, yet also enduring the image of military might into the collective minds.\r\n\r\nThe project adapts the title from the shortwave radio station of the Russian Western Military District network. Long been known in the West, it is believed to be based on an automatic system developed during the Cold War, capable of triggering a retaliation against potential nuclear attacks launched by the allies. The Buzzer, still operates emitting codewords to synch military outposts along the western flank, although some speculate about it being used to communicate encrypted messages to spies or other operatives in the field.","is_shortlisted":1,"is_strong":0,"is_ongoing":1,"is_unpublished":0,"sent_first_email_reminder":0,"started_at":"2016-01-01 00:00:00","ended_at":null,"created_at":"2019-02-18 13:51:47","updated_at":"2019-03-06 22:33:12","place":null,"publications":[],"categories":[],"tags":[{"id":157,"tag":"portrait","created_at":"2015-12-07 17:05:38","updated_at":"2015-12-07 17:05:38","pivot":{"grant_submission_id":14503,"tag_id":157}},{"id":40,"tag":"landscape","created_at":"2015-12-07 17:05:37","updated_at":"2015-12-07 17:05:37","pivot":{"grant_submission_id":14503,"tag_id":40}},{"id":2639,"tag":"social issues","created_at":"2015-12-07 17:06:00","updated_at":"2015-12-07 17:06:00","pivot":{"grant_submission_id":14503,"tag_id":2639}},{"id":7346,"tag":"contemporary 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